What stood out to me as I was reading this chapter was when Jesus said, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” This reminded me of what we talked about in class only a couple weeks ago. We talked about hard times and discipline. I think God gives us these times to see if we will turn to or away from him. Whenever we come across something hard we tend to turn away from God and sulk in our own misery, but what we should do is run to Him.
God understands what we are going through because Jesus went through something much harder and he felt the same feelings we feel: anger, sadness, and hopelessnesss. God does not make us go through these things for His pleasure, he hates seeing us in pain, but he makes us, and made his son 2,021 years ago, go through these hard times because he loves us. We should turn to the God who understands, the God who wants to help, and the God who loves us so unconditionally. We should glorify his name because I know from experience, and I’m sure everyone can relate, that whenever we come out of something hard we are stronger in our religion, as a friend, and even simply as a person, and that’s God working thru us, working to improve and shape us.
Sometimes we don’t see how God works thru our hard times though. Sometimes God uses our hardships to help others, and that’s when it’s hardest to stay strong, but we have to remember that God has a plan and will never leave nor forsake us. All we have to do is believe in Him and glorify His name.